Berwickshire MSP John Lamont has fulfilled a lifetime ambition by completing the 2011 New York marathon.
Running his first ever marathon, John finished in a little over three hours and 40 minutes and raised over £2,000 for the Borders Osteoporosis Society in the process.
Speaking after the event John said: “The New York marathon is road running’s blue-riband event and it was a lifetime ambition to run in the world’s largest marathon.
“The scale of the event is unbelievable and to line up alongside 47,000 fellow enthusiasts was a real thrill.
“The support I received from the spectators was phenomenal; running with the logo ‘John from Scotland’ emblazoned on my back certainly helped my cause.
“The weather conditions were favourable with little wind and unbroken sunshine, yet temperatures between 5-10 degrees Celsius made the opening few miles a little chilly.
“Additionally, running on unforgiving concrete roads for 26 miles was particularly sore, a situation not helped by a long plane journey home, but crossing the finishing line at Central Park made all the pain and training worthwhile.
“The whole experience was fantastic and to finish my first marathon was a personal goal. However, the ability to contribute towards the future treatment osteoporosis in the Borders was a more fulfilling achievement. As Patron of the Borders Osteoporosis Society I am keen to raise as much money as possible to help those who suffer from brittle bone disease.
“One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK will fracture a bone, mainly as a result of osteoporosis.
“The cause of the disease is still not fully understood, but research continues to build up a picture of the factors that influence our bone health.
“Given the growing older population in the Borders, it affects many local residents. I am therefore eager to help them in any way that I can.”